Sports teams worldwide by average annual pay per player in 2015/16 (in million U.S. dollars)*

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Pay per player in million U.S. dollars
Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)8.65
New York Yankees (MLB)7.69
Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)7.65
Manchester United (EPL)7.62
FC Barcelona (La Liga)7.46
Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)7.39
Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)7.29
Dallas Mavericks (NBA)7.27
Manchester City (EPL)7.16
Orlando Magic (NBA)7.12
Toronto Raptors (NBA)7.1
San Antonio Spurs (NBA)7
San Francisco Giants (MLB)6.89
Chicago Bulls (NBA)6.87
Washington Wizards (NBA)6.82
New York Knicks (NBA)6.76
Detroit Pistons (NBA)6.74
Miami Heat (NBA)6.72
Real Madrid (La Liga)6.67
Golden State Warriors (NBA)6.66

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The statistic ranks sports teams from all over the world by the average pay per player in the 2015/16 season. The Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA had the highest average player salary with players making an average of 8.65 million U.S. dollars in 2015/16.
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November 2016
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* 333 teams in 17 major pro leagues from 13 countries comprising 9,731 athletes were covered for the study. Average annual pay is calculated from base player salaries from current or most recently completed seasons from each sport. All figures converted to U.S. dollars.
MLB, MLS: 2015; NBA, NHL: 2014/15; NFL, CSL (Chinese Super League, soccer), NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball), AFL (Australian Football League) and CFL (Canadian Football League): 2014; EPL, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and SPL: 2013/14; IPL (Indian Premier League, cricket): Annual pay extrapolated from 2014 tournament

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